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LIVE on April 25th at 12 pm CST !
Grab your guitar and get ready to play in the Lead Guitar Virtual Showcase Concert! Rehearse along with our instructor team using the practice videos below and follow the easy instructions for submitting your performance video. Then, on Saturday, April 25th at 12pm CST U.S. join us for the LIVE YouTube broadcast to see the premier of our mass ensemble video, with a world-wide play along and interviews and performances with some of the planet’s most compelling guitarists.
Three of the greatest guitarists on the planet will be joining our students and our host Denis Azabagic for the Virtual Showcase concert broadcast: Sergio Vallín of the Mexican Rock Band Maná (4 GRAMMYS, 40 million albums sold, biggest band in Latin American History!), legendary acoustic guitarist/composer Alex De Grassi and world famous Brazilian classical guitarist Sergio Assad.
“To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable.”
Normally in April and May, Lead Guitar students across the country perform in Showcase Concerts hosted by the University of Arizona and our other institutional partners. While those events have been cancelled, you can help us celebrate these hard-working kids by playing with them, their school teachers, guest artists and fellow guitarists from around the globe. Check out the example videos our teams in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Denver and Tucson created while self-isolating, and then follow the directions to join the Lead Guitar Virtual Ensemble now:
Step 1: Play along
Use the videos and scores below to learn one part of each piece. Students, please pick a part that corresponds to a level you have already covered in the Lead Guitar Method Books. Check out our YouTube channel here for video lessons on for your chosen parts!
Ode to Joy - 120bpm
Part 1 - Level 2
Part 2 - Level 1
Part 3 - Level 5
Oye Como Va - 120bpm
Part 1 - Level 5
Part 2 - Level 5
Part 3 - Level 5
Redemption Song - 120bpm
Part 1 - Level 1
Part 2 - Level 2
Part 3 - Level 4
Part 4 - Level 8
Part 5 - Level 8
Part 6 - Level 7
Minuet in G minor - 100 bpm
Part 1 - Level 8
Part 2 - Level 2
Part 3 - Level 1
Part 4 - Level 4
Once you have your part practiced up to tempo, continue to Step 2.
Ode to Joy by L. V. Beethoven
Oye Como Va by Carlos Santana
Redemption Song by Bob Marley
Minuet in G minor by J. S. Bach
Step 2: Recording and Uploading Your Part
**Submissions Due on April 20th by midnight to be featured in the showcase on the 25th**
When you are ready to record, follow these simple instructions to ensure your video submission will sound great and sync up with everyone else's playing.
Gather your equipment. You will need headphones, a phone or a computer with a webcam, and a second device to play the rehearsal video. Oh, and don't forget your guitar!
Minimize background noise. Set up in a quiet room and ask others in your home to avoid making sounds while you record. Turning off loud fans and AC can help quiet things down.
Set up the camera. Make sure you are well lit and the background is not distracting. Do a quick test recording to check if you can capture good quality audio and video. If you are using a phone, you can ask a friend to film you or you can prop the phone up on a chair with a pillow. Make sure to prop up the phone without covering the built-in microphone. This is usually found on the top or bottom of your device.
Put on your headphones. Plug them into a second device that you are not recording with and load the youtube rehearsal video for your part that you practiced along with. This will allow you to play along with the rehearsal video when recording without letting the sound bleed into your video submission. You must play along with the rehearsal video for your part when recording so you stay in tempo with all of the other submissions.
Check your tuning! If you don't have an electronic tuner at home, you can use this website. There are also several free tuner apps for your phone. GuitarTuna and Pano Tuner work well in our experience.
Press record. Start recording first and then start the play-along rehearsal track in your headphones. Doing it in this order will allow you to focus on the count in. We will edit all of the video submissions, so you don't have to worry about playing as soon as you start recording yourself.
Listen to your recording. Ensure that you sound your best and that you stayed in time with the rehearsal video.
Submit your video files in the form below. Please don't navigate away from the page until you get a success message after you click submit. You may have to wait a minute if your video file is very large or if you are submitting from mobile.
That’s it! We will take your submission and edit it into our online guitar ensemble for the Showcase. We look forward to making music with you!